Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Post-doc Researcher

email: ivan.sunyepuchol@uniroma1.it

telefono: (+39)064991 4912; (+39)3470147435

edificio: Geologia-Mineralogia

stanza: 120

Academic background

2014 – 2018

PhD in Earth Science (Volcanic Geology), Centre of Geoscience (CGEO) – Querétaro, National Autonomous University of Mexico, (UNAM). Dissertation: “Origin and volcanic history of Ilopango caldera, El Salvador (Central America)”. With distinction. Supervisor: Dr. Gerardo Aguirre-Díaz.

2012 – 2014

MSc in Earth Science (Active Tectonics) CGEO – Querétaro, UNAM – México. Dissertation: “Neotectonic study on the Temascalcingo volcano and paleoseismology of San Mateo fault (Acambay graben, México)”. With distinction. Supervisors: Drs. Pierre Lacan and Maria Ortuño.

2005 – 2010

BSc in Geology, University of Barcelona (UB), Catalonia, Spain.



OSU Argon Geochronology Lab College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University (USA). Supervisors: Drs. Daniel Miggins and Anthony Koppers.


ISTerre (Institute of Earth Science), University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. Supervisor: Dr. Laurence Audin.

Research and professional experience

2021- present

2019 – 2021

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Tephrochronology at the University of Oxford (UK) on the MexiDrill project: Developing a 350,000-year record of climate and environmental change in tropical North America. PI: Prof. Victoria Smith (School of Archaeology).


Geologist at the Observatory of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) of El Salvador (duties: volcanic and earthquakes Geology, volcano monitoring, tephrostratigraphy, risk assessment, divulgation, etc.).

Research Topics

1. Tephrochronology (i.e. tephra correlations by chemical fingerprint, tephrostratigraphy and geochronological dating) and characterization of proximal pyroclastic deposits.

  1. Physical volcanology and reconstruction of eruptive histories (including large explosive eruptions).
  1. Volcano-tectonic processes during formation and geologic evolution of collapse calderas (including analogue modelling).
  1. Evaluation of volcanic impacts in past societies and paleoclimatic/environmental reconstructions.

5. Neotectonic and paleoseismological studies for better hazard assessments.



Building the CIVIS Geochronology Network (CGN) – Hub 1 on Climate, Environment and Energy (CIVIS European University), Co-founded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union (25.855€)


Europan Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow. Grant agreement No. 101024337 “PÜSKÜRÜM  – Characterisation of the late Pleistocene pyroclastic deposits in Central Anatolia to reconstruct the recent explosive volcanic history, synchronise sedimentary records, and better assess volcanic hazards in Turkey (183,473.28 €).

Teaching, supervising, reviewing and conference organizer experience

Teaching Volcanology and Geothermic Energy at the Earth Sciences Department of La Sapienza.

Supervisor of Rengin Özsoy (PhD) and Simge Kaya (MSc student) within PÜSKÜRÜM  project.

Teaching tephrochronology at the “CIVIS International Geochronological course”, CEREGE (Aix-Marseille University), France.

Member of the scientific review panel of the EXCITE TNA Network (Horizon 2020-INFRAIA, GA 101005611)”, and reviewer in scientific journals (e.g. Lithos, Earth-Sciences Review, JGS, Tectonophysics, Geosciences, Quaternary, GeoHazards, etc.).

Convener of the S03-Tephrochronology at 5th Rittmann Conference (Sicily, 2022), organizer of the PCW3 – Workshop  (Explosive volcanism in Anatolia) at the XXI – INQUA Congress (Rome, 2023) and proposer of the P50. Reconstructing volcanic histories at the Geoscience Paradigm conference (Potenza, 2023).

Selected peer-reviewed publications


Comission on Tephrochronology (CoT - IAVCEI)
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